Beef, Barley and Bean Dinner

    1 hour

    This is an easy to make dinner that combines, beef mince, pearl barley, kidney beans, capsicum, tomatoes and zucchini to make a tasty and easy dinner.

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    Serves: 6 

    • 1 cup (185g) pearl barley
    • 3 cups (750ml) water
    • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
    • 250g lean beef mince
    • 1/2 onion, diced
    • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
    • 1/2 large red capsicum, diced
    • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
    • 1/2 tablespoon dried basil
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 2 cups diced tomatoes
    • 1 cup diced zucchini
    • 1 (400g) tin kidney beans, rinsed and drained
    • 1 cup grated reduced-fat Cheddar cheese

    Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Ready in:1hour 

    1. Bring the barley and water to a boil in a saucepan over high heat. Cover then reduce heat to low and simmer until the barley is tender and the liquid is absorbed; about 30 minutes.
    2. Heat the oil in a large frypan over medium-high heat then stir in the beef mince. Cook and stir until the beef is crumbly, evenly browned and no longer pink. Drain and discard any excess oil.
    3. Stir in the onion and garlic then cook until tender; about 5 minutes.
    4. Add the capsicum, oregano, basil, salt and pepper. Cook and stir until the capsicum starts to soften; about 5 minutes.
    5. Stir in the cooked barley, tomatoes, zucchini and kidney beans. Bring the mixture to a boil then reduce heat, cover and simmer until the vegetables are tender; about 5 to 10 minutes.
    6. Remove the frypan from the stove, sprinkle the cheese over the top, replace the cover and let stand until the cheese melts; about 1 to 2 minutes.

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    I left out the barley. Thought it was great.  -  28 Jul 2010  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    I pretty much made this tonight, without having seen this recipe. Being a casserole, you can change things as you see fit. I used cumin instead of oregano/basil, canned diced tomatoes, canned tomato sauce, no zucchini nor beans, and folded in spinach at the very end. I was awesome! I also used some of it to stuff those mini bell peppers (see photos). They were delicious!  -  23 Apr 2011  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    I left out the kidney beans because we aren't bean people and I didn't have any but otherwise this was delicious. Warm and hearty and perfect for a cool evening.  -  15 Nov 2010  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)